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The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

yogurtwater's review against another edition

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1) I appreciate Legolas and Gimli planning a post-war trip together when everyone else is seemingly certain of imminent defeat.
2) I'm going to imagine those two orcs at the end run away with each other and start a life together (let me dream).

dnandrews797's review against another edition

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3.0

The pacing of this book slowed down considerably in parts, particularly Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli tracking down the kidnapped hobbits and their escapades in the woods. The return of Gandalf and the Ents going to war with the greedy capitalistic orcs was spectacular and made up for a lot of this. The entire section of Frodo, Samwise, and Gollum is action paced, especially the fight with Shelob, and their friendship, along with the strain placed on it by Gollum’s presence and the ring, balanced out the book really well and sets up for the final book.

debbieliz83's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

jj2000's review against another edition

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4.75

Uppläsningen var irriterande då bakgrundsljud var ibland för högt och uppläsaren var ibland för låg.

unfilteredxlu's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.25

softcalico's review against another edition

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5.0

4.5 stars

I love the movies so much and am hesitant to give it anything less than 5 stars but I had to deduct for how damn hard it is to read.
Amazing story (of course) and I love the affection that Sam and Frodo show each other, whether you interpret it platonically or romantically. It does kind of seem like Sam is bullied more by himself as well as Frodo and Gollum than the movies. I know I keep comparing it to the movies, but they are a big part of my life. I don't think I would have made it through this book if I hadn't watched them.
Over all, it is a tough read but an amazing story. Onto Return of the King!

mitskacir's review against another edition

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4.0

My favorite parts of LotR are the hobbit parts, particularly the happy hobbit parts... so I'm unfortunately slightly disappointed by anything other than the first few chapters of the Fellowship haha. And therefore I find the first half of this book quite the slog, except the few Merry/Pippin interludes and I don't get really into it until we join up with Sam and Frodo again (and Gollum!). But Sam and Gollum have some truly marvelous petty antagonistic banter (who doesn't love the rabbit stew scene?) and Sam's loving loyalty to Frodo really begins to emerge (so many tender moments!). Unfortunately, this is the book where JRRT's racism really comes fully into the light, so there's that too.

mayagraci's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

sunflowerduck's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

sarahjoyce's review against another edition

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medium-paced

4.0